Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

The martyred Abbot of Glastonbury

Yesterday was the anniversary of the martyrdom of the last Abbot of Glastonbury, Richard Whiting O.S.B. together with two of his monks in 1539. Abbot Richard was beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1895. Wikipedia has an introduction to his life and death at Richard Whiting (abbot)

Now some people in Glastonbury have had the idea of petitioning The Queen to grant a posthumous pardon to the Abbot as part of the celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee next year.

I was sent the link because I have written before on this blog about Glastonbury - a place I know and revere - and think it worth sharing with others. I signed the petition yesterday. 

Bl. Richard Whiting and companions, Pray for us

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